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College in Colorado Has Become Unaffordable for Almost Everyone

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Below, see Young Invincibles estimates of how much students in the aforementioned categories need to save in order to pay for college in Colorado. Also highlighted are the most and least affordable colleges in the state, by the outfit's reckoning, as well as a median cost estimate and more.

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Colorado Mountain College, which has eleven campuses in western Colorado, is deemed the most affordable college in the state.
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Number of Students Who Face Housing Insecurity in Colorado

Out of 300,000 college students in Colorado, 64,000, or 21 percent, experience housing insecurity.

Under the Rule of 10, students experiencing housing insecurity should save $20,400 to pay for college.

Number of Student Parents in Colorado

Out of 300,000 college students in Colorado, 50,000, or 16.67 percent, are student parents.

Under the Rule of 10, student parents should save $42,400 to pay for college.

Number of Returning Students in Colorado

Out of 300,000 college students in Colorado, 62,000, or 20.67 percent, are returning students

Under the Rule of 10, returning students should save $42,440 to pay for college.

Number of Students Who Are Part-Time Workers in Colorado

Out of 300,000 college students in Colorado, 230,000, or 76.67 percent, work twenty-plus hours a week.

Under the Rule of 10, working students should save $49,800 to pay for college.

Most Affordable Colleges in Colorado (Net Price)

Four-year public school
Colorado Mountain College
$3,297

Four-year private nonprofit school
Johnson & Wales University Denver
$23,765

Least Affordable Colleges in Colorado (Net Price)

Four-year public school
Colorado School of Mines
$25,097

Four-year private nonprofit school
University of Denver
$32,940

Median Net Cost

$18,831


Ten-Year Change in Education Appropriations

-$402


State Minimum Wage

$10.20
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